About MSQ

Future-proofing Queensland Manufacturing

MSQ’s Purpose

Manufacturing Skills Queensland (MSQ) is an independent body established to build a sustainably skilled workforce for a future-proofed manufacturing industry.

We’re here to connect and support you and the wider industry with the skills, opportunities and information to build a thriving future in manufacturing.

Building a sustainably skilled workforce for a future-proofed manufacturing industry.

Our vision is to create the skills pathways for the future of manufacturing in Queensland.

Strategic pillars.

MSQ’s work is guided by the following

Attracting retaining and developing capability
Attracting, retaining and developing capability
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Partnering with purpose
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Credible authority

MSQ will focus on attracting, retaining and developing capability to support a thriving manufacturing industry in Queensland. We will partner with purpose to identify the priorities and recognised skills pathways for new and existing workers. MSQ will seek to be a credible authority, by becoming the central source of data through rigorous research capabilities and will ensure long-term sustainability by providing flexible and customised training options to address industry specific needs.


Established and funded under the Queensland Government’s Making it in Queensland: Building a Stronger Manufacturing Sector policy in November 2022, our work supports the Queensland Government’s $70 million investment in manufacturing skills and training. Our Strategic Plan outlines our purpose, vision, and strategic objectives. Read MSQ’s Strategic Plan and other ways MSQ will support you.

Working with the Government

The Queensland Government provides funding to MSQ to support its skills development and training programs. MSQ works closely with the Department of Youth Justice, Employment, Small Business and Training (DYJESBT) and the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water (DRDMW) to deliver our objectives.

We advise the government through industry committees and forums and advocate through policy submissions and direct briefings with Ministers.

Working with industry

MSQ works closely with industry associations to understand the needs of the manufacturing sector and develop programs that meet those needs.

Working with training partners

MSQ engages the market of Registered Training Organisations (RTO) to create the skills pathways for the future of manufacturing in Queensland. Our RTO partnerships include TAFE Queensland and a range of private providers, and the tertiary and school sectors. 

Our Values

Manufacturing and Robotics
Innovation and creativity
Manufacturing and Robotics
Diversity and inclusion
Manufacturing and Robotics
Independence, authenticity and accountability
Manufacturing and Robotics
Adaptive and responsive
Manufacturing and Robotics
Research and evidence-based
Manufacturing and Robotics
Future focused

MSQ Board

The MSQ Board is made up of an independent chair and has representatives from the government, employers and employees from the manufacturing industry. The Board guides MSQ to ensure we deliver our strategic objectives.

  • Mr Paul Cooper (Chair) – Owner and Executive Chair of Rinstrum and Chairman, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd
  • Ms Natalene Carter – Director of RID Australia and the Senior Executive Operations Manager of Dy-Mark (Employer Representative)
  • Ms Ann-Marie Allan – Executive Officer for the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (Employee Representative)
  • Ms Sheree Taylor – Queensland Specification Manager, BlueScope Steel
  • Ms Stacey Schinnerl – Director, SkillsEQuipped and Queensland Branch Secretary, Australian Workers’ Union
  • Mr Steve Koch – Deputy Director-General, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • Ms Bernadette Zerba – Deputy Director-General, Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water

MSQ CEO Rebecca Andrews

With an extensive career spanning over 25 years, Rebecca brings a wealth of experience in driving economic development initiatives and delivering impactful outcomes, especially within the manufacturing sector.

Before joining MSQ, Rebecca held pivotal leadership roles, including her position as the Queensland State Head of the Australian Industry Group and Deputy Director-General of Small Business in the Department of Employment, Small Business, and Training. She has also contributed her insights and expertise to various boards and advisory groups, including the esteemed Ministerial Manufacturing Council.

Rebecca’s leadership comes at a crucial juncture as we navigate the future of manufacturing in Queensland. The Queensland Government recognises her role in shaping the skills and capabilities necessary for the industry’s evolution. Her extensive knowledge and passion will undoubtedly drive our commitment to excellence and innovation.

Join our team

MSQ is a beginning at of our journey to build a sustainably skilled workforce for a future-proofed manufacturing industry. To find out about career opportunities please get in touch.

P: 1800 MSQ 000 (1800 677 000)
E: info@msq.org.au

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